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Misguided Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Jun 25. 38 Replies

Is atheism experiencing growing pains with all this in house bickering and accusations of racism and sexism? We have certain individuals who have risen to the forefront of the atheist cause but not…Continue

Tags: racism, sexism, Dawkins, Harris

Can you be happy living in the moment?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Jun 10. 4 Replies

I have lost several relatives in the past few years. Many succumbed to the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The loss of one's memory and their ability to identify, those around them, family members…Continue

Tags: loss, memory, Alzheimer's, amnesia

Babies Are Not Born Atheists

Started this discussion. Last reply by 0vpnwjpd7knh8 on Wednesday. 90 Replies

"Babies Are Not Born Atheists" is an article published by Chris Benek, editor of the christianpost.com. His assertions are laughable at best. He mentions that the declining numbers of religious…Continue

Tags: baby, babies, christianpost.com, Benek

Gideons International

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed May 29. 8 Replies

I was visiting my mother in the hospital yesterday in a small north Arkansas town. It is a secular hospital and has no religious affiliations. In every room's side stand next to the patient's bed and…Continue

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Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"There is an aspect to all this that I find interesting. While this thread is playful fun to logically talk about the subject of god's abilities, contradictions, and perceived limitations, the reality is that 99.9% of all the god/spirit…"
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"Tom, I take it "California Rolls" are quite tasty. I've never heard of them before now."
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"Would it be ok to ask, no demand, Saudi Arabia take the lead role in this next foray?"
Ed replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Beautiful Tresses....a Vision of FREEDOM!!!!!'
"Iranian women are beautiful. It's time they push the boundaries and demand something resembling equality of the sexes."
Ed replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"David - "Atheists I meet pretty consistently have a much higher moral view than I think they can actually justify on a theoretical level." How so? Please elaborate. "What I'm still not seeing is why this fact about our genetic…"
Ed replied to Julie W's discussion 'Obama's pulpit: Should elected officials be preaching theology?'
"I cannot find fault with our good president for trying, probably unsuccessfully, to awaken the Xtian Right from their drunken stupor of racism and bigotry. Although as a black man himself, I may have respected him more if he would of just stated…"
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Dilemma: Commit troops to fighting ISIS or let them take over the entire Muslim world'
"Hey Unseen, why not call up one of the largest armies in the world and one that has deep financial resources. If they are unwilling to die for the cause, or too cowardly to take part, then I guess it is on us again to sacrifice our young men and…"
Ed commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'THREE CHEEEEEEEEERS!!!'
"At mikehuckabee.com a blogger posted in repsonse to the SCOTUS decision: "Brian 06/26/2015 11:20 PM This judicial tyranny is so awful. I'm so afraid the government is going to force me into a gay marriage." If this was not tongue in…"
Ed commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'THREE CHEEEEEEEEERS!!!'
"Here in Arkansas two males, one a 75 year old and the other 69, who have lived together for over 26 years, can finally tie the legal knot. Why our country discriminates against loving one another is beyond me. We glorify war and chastise the loving.…"
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Ed replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"David- "But is our subjective discomfort the only reason why people should not hurt other people?" No. The scenario I offered to illustrate our ability to subjectively discern good from bad was used because most everyone can easily…"
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Gary Clouse replied to Ed's discussion 'Misguided Atheism'
"What I think most people fail to understand is that religions are, and have always been political tools of leadership to control the masses.Religion is always adapted to fit the requirements of the leaders. If we are to be effective in moving…"
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Gary Clouse replied to Ed's discussion 'Misguided Atheism'
"  I don't expect the Islamophobes on this forum, especially those who have converted a christian backgroud, or those tending to be totally accepting of people like Harris,  but perhaps I'm more cynical thanmost."
Jun 25
Ed replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"David- ""How do we recognize evil things as evil, and why are we bothered by them, if no objective standard of good exists?" If I walk past an alley in which a woman is being brutally raped and screaming out in pain and anguish I am…"
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Ed replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"So you cannot accept the theory of evolution, despite the overwhelming mountain of evidence that supports it?"
Jun 25
Ed replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"That certainly seems to an untenable position to take seeing as how the Earth cannot relieve internal pressures without seismic activity (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions)."
Jun 25
Tom Margolis replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Human brains did not evolve to be perfect analytical machines - we are fuzzy, emotional, symbolic, magical thinkers by default.  The argument that babies are not born atheists, and therefore atheism is an invalid perspective, holds as much…"
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Florida governor slaps state worker with disciplinary action for using "climate change" verbiage.

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:21am 4 Comments


Florida governor Rick Scott is proceeding with his threats to reprimand state employees who use terminology such as "climate change" and "global warming." They even go so far as to say mental health screening may be…


Indiana Legislature Passes Discriminatory Anti-Gay Bill

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 9:00am 6 Comments

Yesterday the Indiana governor signed the bill passed by their legislature that allows businesses the right to deny service to the homeosexual segment of their state. The so-called valid reason for the law is respecting religious belief. Our country continues to operate like it is still in the Dark Ages. There is certainly going to be lawsuits and probably loss of revenue when organizations decide to hold such things as conventions elsewhere.

Republican dominated Arkansas Legislature At it Again.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:47pm 2 Comments

Today the Arkansas State Senate approved a bill 27-3 to allow a private firm, with private monies, to erect a monument on the Capitol grounds that would display the Xtian Ten Commandments. It now goes to the House. Since our state has been recently abducted by the Republican Party -attorney general, governor, Senate majority, House majority- there has been a plethora of legislation attempting to promote their god and make life hard on the likes of illegal aliens, the poor, college kids,…


Timbuktu Manuscripts

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 1:48pm 0 Comments

Read an article in Smithsonian about the efforts of a secretive group in the African nation of Mali to rescue the large volume of ancient Arabic manuscripts that resided in Timbuktu. The Islamist insurgents (Al queda ?) who had force-ably taken over the northern territories of Mali were uncomfortable with the existence of the manuscripts. Why? Evidently anyone who studied the manuscripts discovered that the religion of Islam actually supported religious tolerance. It was evident…


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At 12:55pm on February 18, 2015, archaeopteryx said…
I can't get my PM to work, Ed, and haven't been able to since my account was deleted Jan 1-2 - to respond, I will need an email addy --
At 12:44pm on February 18, 2015, archaeopteryx said…
Congratulations, Ed - you are my second "friend," where I once had over 200 before my account was deleted entirely Jan1-2. Since this will appear on your comment will appear on your comment wall, I can't go into detail. I will try PMing you, but since I rejoined, I haven't been able to get PM to work, so I may need you to give me an email address, if you don't receive a PM within the next five minutes.
At 9:06am on November 23, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

I sent you an email Ed...

At 12:23am on August 3, 2014, Tom Sarbeck said…

Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west.

My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine from anything that rots. My wife and made wine during our marriage but not from grapes. I now make my own liqueurs.

At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D

At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.



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